My challenge is not going so great. In my defense, I have definitely been fighting something this week. Yesterday I had an earache all day. I still decided to go for a run when I got home from work - I "only" had three miles on the schedule and I figured how bad could it be? Well, bad.
First, it was too late when I headed out to the trail - I should have stayed in the neighborhood but I wasn't up for the hills. Second, I took the Big Red Dog - he loves to run with me, and I haven't taken him in awhile. Third, I forgot to put on my compression socks. All this adds up to one crappy run.
I decided to do a two mile out and back, since it was getting dark pretty quickly. Had I not had the Big Red Dog, I would have turned around and gone home (maybe I should have anyway!). I ran the first mile out, trying to rein in the dog, who was hot to trot. Actually, I ran for 10 minutes and then walked for two minutes. Turned around at the one mile post and started running again. I maybe made it half a mile - I don't even remember. My shins hurt. My heart wasn't in it. I was struggling.
I decided it was stupid to push myself and end up hurt, so the Big Red Dog and I had a nice (but quick) walk back to the car. I am so glad I had him with me, because it was pretty dark by the time I got to the parking lot. Dumb, dumb, dumb. It made me realize that I am going to have to get more creative here very shortly with my weekday runs, as the days get shorter.
Tonight's run was with my running group. 6 miles. I only finished because I wasn't running alone - sadly, I think I would have given up. I was rushed to get there. I scarfed two pieces of pizza before I left. I couldn't find my compression socks. I ran with a faster group doing 4/2 intervals instead of my usual 3/2. It was hilly. I am definitely fighting something. I fell asleep at 9:00 last night and was still so tired at work I had to lay down on the floor for 40 minutes. I'm proud of myself for sticking it out and getting it done.
As for recording what I'm eating - I am feeling very blocked about it. I have been writing it down but not getting it into my Lose It! app so I can see exactly how many calories I'm eating. Why is it so hard all of a sudden? I know why - because I'm not losing. Last year at this time I was dropping pounds like crazy, and now I seem to keep gaining and losing the same 2 pounds and I am frustrated!
Time to snap out of it. I need to figure out a plan I can stick to. I feel so inconsistent - sometimes I am like a pit bull with a bone when it comes to sticking with something, and sometimes I can't follow through to save my life. I need more consistency. A better plan. I will work on this. In my spare time, LOL.
I honestly don't think I can remember what I ate yesterday - I sort of fell apart at the end of the day, when I was tired and not feeling well. I think I can do better today...
Frosted mini-wheats (way more than 21 biscuits - probably a double serving)
8 oz milk
cottage cheese w/pineapple chunks
Progresso Light Chicken & Dumplings soup
4 whole wheat crackers
2T peanut butter
3 slices CiCi's pizza w/green peppers
1/2 bottle Mountain Dew
"Espresso Love" Gu (my first experience with Gu)
Whole Foods "Superfood Salad"
a few pieces of chicken fried tofu (so yum)
Total distance: 6 miles
Total time: 1:17
Average pace: 12:52 (4/2 run/walk intervals)